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Supports for Native American Students


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The Indian Education Grant is an allotment of funds from the federal government used for student support services for eligible Native American students in NVUSD.


In NVUSD, the grant funds have been used for tutoring. This year, funds will contribute to a contract with Sylvan Learning Centers, as well as support an assistant one day a week to help coordinate communications, meetings, and placement.

In addition to academic services, NVUSD is fortunate to have a strong partner in The Suscol Intertribal Council. Suscol provides cultural workshops and activities at its headquarters, located at 575 Lincoln Ave., Suite 215.

In addition to tutoring, Sylvan Learning Centers offers a number of programs including SAT prep for high school students, advanced enrichment opportunities, and workshops for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Students are eligible for these services if they are members of a tribe or band, or are descendants of Native Americans in the first or second degree (parent or grandparent).

Evidence of eligibility includes:

  • Name of the tribe or band to which the child claims membership (or to which the parent/grandparent belong)

  • The enrollment number establishing membership (if available) and

    • Names, addresses of the organization which maintains records of membership or

    • Any other form of documentation which serves as evidence of membership in a tribe or band

Each federally recognized tribe or band, has a Tribal Constitution which sets forth the terms of membership in the tribe or band. Every tribe is unique. Some terms of membership are as simple as writing a letter to the leaders of the tribe, identifying ancestral links to the tribe. Other tribes require blood (DNA) analysis, with a certain percentage minimum to belong to the tribe.

In NVUSD, we are prepared to assist families who do not have proof of eligibility.



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Suscol Intertribal Council

Community Partner and Adviser for Native American Cultural Resources

Suscol Intertribal Council is a community-based, 501(c) 3 organization, founded in 1972 and reactivated in 1992, seeking to bring healing between the existing population and the people who historically inhabited Napa Valley and nearby counties. Since 1992, Suscol Council has developed local educational outreach programs for public schools (K-14), community clubs, and other organizations. Suscol Council develops contracts with organizations that seek to connect with California tribes or urban Indians. Suscol Council has developed a mentorship program to help California Native people make connections with agencies, foundations, and corporations that might be helpful to them.


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Office of Indian Education

U.S. Department of Education

The mission of the Office of Indian Education is to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, post-secondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of such students; and ensure that all students meet the challenging State academic standards.



Sarah Knox
Director of Intervention & Prevention Services

Christian Pitayo-Cuevas
Community/Parent Liaison

Office Hours
Thursdays, 8 AM - 4 PM
please send email to schedule